‘Summer House’ Lawsuit: Why Kyle Cooke and Loverboy Were Sued

Summer House season 6 is coming to a close, with a slow countdown to Kyle Cooke and Amanda Batula’s wedding. But after the most recent episode, fans have more questions about Kyle’s business than his upcoming nuptials. Kyle’s successful drink business Loverboy was brought up in conversation, and there was a mention of a lawsuit. Fans want to know — why was Kyle Cooke and Loverboy sued?

Summer House star Kyle Cooke on an episode of Watch What Happens Live
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The ‘Summer House’ star launched Loverboy in 2020

Kyle grew up in New Hampshire with a love for Twisted Tea. He describes the drink as a “staple of lake life, or hitting the beach” in New England. And as Summer House fans know, the cast spends plenty of time on the beach with drinks in hand. However, when Kyle actually looked at Twisted Tea’s nutritional facts, he realized it was loaded with 24 grams of sugar in a 12-ounce bottle.

“I finally Googled how much sugar was in Twisted Tea and I was just horrified,” Kyle told Boston.com. “I go to the gym, try to make smart decisions about what I eat, I wanna let loose on the weekends, but that shouldn’t involve flying off the rails from a nutrition standpoint.”

Because he was “in a position to influence what people would consume,” Kyle and his business partner Amanda launched Loverboy sparkling hard tea in early 2020.

Why were Kyle Cooke and Loverboy sued?

Loverboy is available in four states — New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin (where it’s made). The drink made its way to Massachusetts after Night Shift Brewing CEO Rob Burns watched Summer House and reached out to Kyle to be a wholesaler and distributor.

However, it appears that their business relationship soured rather quickly. The lawsuit mentioned in the recent episode of Summer House involved Loverboy and Night Shift. However, it wasn’t Kyle and Loverboy that got sued — he filed the lawsuit against Burns and Night Shift.

According to Reality Tidbit, Night Shift accused Loverboy early last year of “terminating a contract without cause or paying fair value.” Then in May 2021, Loverboy filed a lawsuit against Night Shift with claims there was a breach of contract.

Brewbound reports that the two companies were able to resolve their case by September. And a filing in the United States District Court for Massachusetts revealed that Loverboy (the plaintiff) and Night Shift (the defendant) had “agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, with both parties paying their own attorneys’ fees and costs and waiving their rights to appeal.”

This ‘Summer House’ star wants half of Loverboy

Kyle and Amanda may have launched the Loverboy business together, but he’s the one that owns the company. Amanda has no ownership stake — but she wants that to change if she and Kyle split.

When a prenup was mentioned on Summer House just weeks before their wedding, Amanda said she felt like Kyle was preparing for a divorce. If anything goes wrong, she says she wants half of the company.

“I (told) him, if you leave me I’m taking half of everything you have,” Amanda told the other Summer House girls. She also told Bravo cameras she owns none of the company right now. But if she and Kyle ever break up, she won’t walk away with nothing.

Summer House airs Monday nights on Bravo.

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